Betfair Ambassador Olly Murphy picks his five horses to follow for the upcoming National Hunt campaign as well as two dark horses that may go under the radar...
"Jetaway Joey has got all the attributes to be a decent horse and he shows plenty of natural ability in his work at home. We will start him in a novice hurdle over two-and-a-half miles."
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I K Brunel - Son of Midnight Legend is steadily improving
|02/10/20||Fontwell Park||2/5||Chase||2m 5f 135y||Soft||A. P. Heskin|
|02/02/20||Musselburgh||1/4||Hurdle||2m 7f 180y||Soft||A. P. Heskin|
|18/12/19||Newbury||4/11||Hurdle||2m 4f 118y||Gd/sft||A. P. Heskin|
|16/11/19||Cheltenham||8/8||Hurdle||2m 5f||Heavy||A. P. Heskin|
|23/10/19||Fontwell Park||1/14||Hurdle||2m 3f 49y||Gd/sft||A. P. Heskin|
|23/02/19||Kempton Park||6/7||Hurdle||2m||Gd/frm||Barry Geraghty|
He looks fantastic having been in the care of Gold Cup winning jockey Paddy Brennan over the summer and I can't wait for a fruitful campaign. He won a bumper on his debut at Carlisle and he progressed nicely last season, winning twice over hurdles, including a Class 2 at Musselburgh when stepping up to three miles for the first time.
I firmly believe he has all the attributes of a top-class staying chaser. He has plenty of size and scope, and stamina to boot. His schooling has been excellent, it's been brilliant watching him school over fences with regular rider Adrian Heskin.
He will start off over two-and-a-half miles in a novice chase once the ground is safe and we will almost certainly end up over three miles towards the back end of the season. He's currently rated 140, so he will need to improve over fences to become a graded chaser, but we firmly believe that's in his sights.
There are no long-term targets as we'll need to see how he fares on his chasing debut but he's one to really look forward to.
Champagnesuperover - He looks fantastic with natural pace and scope
|08/02/20||Newbury||3/9||Bumper||2m 69y||Good||A. P. Heskin|
|02/01/20||Ayr||1/8||Bumper||2m||Heavy||A. P. Heskin|
He's a five-year-old son of Jeremy and another that spent his summer break with Paddy Brennan, coming back to Warren Chase looking fantastic. He won a bumper on debut at Ayr last January in impressive fashion. He then ran in a Listed bumper at Newbury where we learnt that cut in the ground is very important to this horse.
He has a similar profile to Brewin'upastorm, both winning first time out and having lots of natural pace and scope. We will start him off in a novice hurdle as soon as the ground eases. His schooling has been very good, and I can't wait to get him back onto a racecourse in the coming weeks.
Jetaway Joey - Exciting horse has all the attributes
|23/02/20||Fontwell Park||1/7||Bumper||2m 1f 162y||Heavy||Aidan Coleman|
|21/11/19||Market Rasen||2/7||Bumper||2m 125y||Soft||Aidan Coleman|
Jetaway Joey won a bumper in fine style at Fontwell on his second attempt, improving markedly from his debut at Market Rasen. He has a similar profile to the likes of Itchy Feet and Thomas Darby had at this stage, having won a bumper and now heading over hurdles where he could be anything.
We have several exciting young horses with fantastic pedigrees, but I've picked him out because he looks to have improved dramatically since last season.
He's got all the attributes to be a decent horse and he shows plenty of natural ability in his work at home. We will start him in a novice hurdle over two-and-a-half miles. He's another that appreciates slower ground.
No long-term targets but don't be surprised to see him progress thought the season.
Here Comes McCoy - Horse of huge potential shows all the right signs
|04/10/20||Uttoxeter||4/11||Hurdle||1m 7f 168y||Gd/sft||Fergus Gregory|
Here Comes McCoy is a gorgeous son of Scorpion and sire to the multiple Grade One winner Might Bite. He was a winner of his only start at Warwick in impressive fashion, and I strongly considered him for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham back in March.
In the end, we felt it was better for his long-term future to focus on this season and his lack of experience and the occasion may have got to him. He has huge amounts of potential and shows all the right signs at home. He's another that's taken well to jumping.
I'm looking forward to starting him off over two-and-a-half miles in a maiden or novice hurdle in the coming weeks. Another with no real targets beyond his hurdling debut but one to keep an eye on this winter.
Nickolson - Natural talent will benefit from experience
|17/10/19||Wincanton||1/9||Hurdle||1m 7f 65y||Good||Richard Johnson|
He is not the easiest horse to train, but he's probably got the most natural ability of any horse in my care. He won his bumper at Ayr on debut back in February 2019. He then started last season, winning a maiden hurdle at Wincanton impressively, before things didn't work out at Warwick.
Unfortunately, he lost his novice status last season and lacks experience. He's rated 135, so we'll look to start him off in an intermediate hurdle at Carlisle in October. We'll then look at something like the Jerry Fielding at Newbury. Hopefully this can be a stepping stone to bigger things.
The lack of experience over hurdles would be my only concern but he has the potential to end up in graded races in the spring.
No Risk Des Flos
No Risk Des Flos is an unraced, five-year-old son of No Risk At All. He's a big flashy grey who shows me all the right signs at home and he's held his own on a couple of away days alongside some proven winners.
At this early stage, he stands out amongst my unraced five-year-olds as one to follow. He'll start off in a bumper in the coming weeks.
Grandads Cottage came over from Ireland with a big reputation and hefty price tag having won his point-to-point on debut at Portrush.
He was placed in two bumpers last season, looking slightly disappointing given his profile. Some may have written him off but I'm looking forward to starting him over hurdles this campaign. He will be aimed at a two-mile maiden hurdle once the ground eases and don't be surprised to see a different horse this year.